|2016 World Press Photo award: General News, first prize stories|
Sergey Ponomarev, November 16, 2015
"Refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece."
(Commissioned by The New York Times.)
Today winners of the 2016 World Press Photo awards are being publicized.
The image above of the refugee crisis reminded me of images used in a previous post about the need to support immigrants.
Sergey Ponomarev won first prize in the "stories" category for this image: "Refugees arrive by boat near the village of Skala on Lesbos, Greece."
How do we convert our wonder at an image like this into action?
Three suggestions come to mind:
(1) Advocacy - Call your member of Congress today and say that you want the US to insist on a diplomatic solution in Syria, including an immediate ceasefire.
(2) Relief - Contribute to the urgent relief efforts. (Lutheran World Relief is a highly effective supplier of relief.)
(3) Act locally - meet with others in your community engaging in sustained efforts to welcome immigrants and stop all armed conflict. (Search using the name of your locality and words such as "sanctuary" and "antiwar".)
(See The 21st Century U.S. Vocation: Extending hospitality to the next wave of immigrants coming to our country )
In a way, you can hardly even say I "write" blog posts. Mostly I just post FJJ photos with a few words attached. And I know a lot of other beneficiaries of Frank's photos who feel the same way.
(See PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Frank James Johnson )
(See Syria: Where Have We Ended Up?)